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Featured Tracker Packages Archive


Tracker Video Analysis: Angry Birds in Space - Jun 17, 2012

What type of force is exerted on Angry Birds in Space?  The video analysis in this item explores the physics behind the game. This Tracker model was featured in Rhett Allain's Wired magazine Dot Physics blog.


Fluorescence Spectra - Jan 19, 2012

The Fluorescence Spectra experiment uses Tracker to explore fluorescence and fluorescent lamps. Students observe the spectra directly, measure brightness versus wavelength in Tracker, and answer qualitative and quantitative questions. The spectra include a fluorescent dye, a mercury lamp and two fluorescent lamps, all with red and green laser spots added for easy calibration.


Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker - Jan 14, 2012

The Measurement of the Solar Rotation Rate with Tracker Lab uses the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion of sunspots to determine the solar rotation rate.  This lab uses 31 still images taken 1 day apart of the Sun.  Images taken by the SDO satellite.


Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker - Jan 14, 2012

The Measurement of the Sidereal Day with Tracker Lab uses the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion stars near Polaris (the North Celestial Pole) to determine the length of the sidereal day.  This exercise uses 13 still images taken 10 minutes apart of the night sky near Polaris.


Projectile Motion with Angry Birds - Jan 12, 2012

The Projectile Motion with Angry Birds lab uses the original video from Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds and the Tracker video analysis tool to measure and analyze the motion an angry bird projected from a slingshot to hit a pig. This OSP item was inspired by Rhett Allain's Dot Physics, a physics blog for Wired.

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